Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society

Preserving the History of Our Community
News & Coming Events
Upcoming Schedule of Events
Date Time Event
March 6:30 PM Public Program
May 15 and 17 12:00 PM Spring Tea
 June 23 10:00AM-4:00PM  Lawn and Garden Tour


                                   MARCH 20TH PUBLIC MEETING

Our first Public Meeting of the year will be March 20th at historic Brandville
School on Grasser St. We will have a meet and greet with refreshments
served from 6:30 to 7:00 with the program following. We are pleased to
present a special presentation on the history of the Oregon Fire Department and a presentation to the Oregon Fire Department Display. A video of the Fire Department will be shown and presented by Kathleen Pollauf, Trustee and City Council Woman. The museum display of the Fire Department will be presented by Connie Isbell, Past President of the OJHS Historical Society. We look forward to seeing you there!

                            of The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Few Women in history could claim to be known from coast to coast as was the famous Molly Brown. History has been kind to Molly in print, surrounding the facts of her life with mystery and fantasy. The headlines through her life were often embellished to the point that fact and fiction were holding hands as twins.

On May 15th and 17th, at our annual Spring Tea, Margaret Tobin Brown will tell us first hand the truths of her exciting life. A socialite and philanthropist, her name is most memorable for surviving the Titanic sinking and being lauded as a heroine produced during the tragedy. A true “rags to riches” story you won’t want to miss.

Reservations will begin to be taken on April 2nd and the pricing is $18. for OJHS members or $20 for nonmembers. We would appreciate you doing your best to fill a table of four with your friends if possible. Teas will begin at noon. 

Call Bonnie Olson at 419-696-0280 early to get your seating or send an email to Bonnie at bko43@bex.net. It would make a great Mother’s Day gift!!  


I think we are all ready for winter to be over, at least I am ! For us gardeners, we take the winter time for a much needed break and to try to figure just what new plants, grasses, and herbs we might add to our back yards. This winter is no exception. The 2018 Lawn and Garden Tour has secured our homeowners and set a date of June 23, 2018 from 10-4 pm. The price of the ticket is just $10. this year. Along with 8 exceptional lawns, we are currently looking for garden art vendors to set up at Brandville the day of the tour. We are also thinking about having a plant
exchange or plant sale. This tour has 8 homes that have never been on our 2014 and 2016 tours.

We will post on our Facebook page, newsletters and fliers, when and where tickets can be purchased. This will be an enjoyable day for all who attend. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this event ! THINK SPRING !!

                                  FIRST FAMILY PROGRAM NEWS

Throughout the capacity crowd, the enthusiasm was electric! After nearly an hour of speakers, the crowd stayed nearly another hour to connect their family stories. And, these connections went as far back as two families who came across the ocean just after the Mayflower!

Encore presenters from last year were George Hart-Coy family; Sue Hrosko-Gladieux family; Nancy Nopper-Miller family; Claudette Allred-Moritz family; and Terry Breymeier-Navarre family. This year they gave new information and it was fun to hear as their presentations ran the gamut from amusing to inspirational. Each family told where their original land had been from Great Eastern to the BP refinery to Wheeling/Pickle to Presque Isle.

We recognized and welcomed Bonnie Gilmore Brown, her mother, Shirley Hicks Gilmore and her Aunt, Sharon Hicks Rossbach, as descendants of Wesley Hicks. You don’t recognize the name? Next time you come to Brandville School, look at the dedication stone above the front door. His name is engraved on it! The very large Hicks family were active community members involved in public service such as school boards. Also in the family was the first doctor who served Oregon and Jerusalem Township.

Three families had ancestors here before (Navarre) and immediately after (Coy and Hicks) the War of 1812. All three had fought in that war. Robert and his more colorful brother, Peter, were already in this area. Coy and Hicks ancestors came after the war, as payment for their military service was provided by a federal land grant giving them land (or was it swamp?) OJHS has just acquired a copy of the original land grant to the Coy family; the Hicks family has the same. No wonder they have so many similar surnames in their family trees!

Several families have applications out for next year’s recognition. A couple of applications are nearly complete. Please (please) take them over the finish line! We want to hear your stories and share the excitement with you! First Families Chairperson is Vivienne Gladieux Sommerfield. Call her for information at 419-729-3161. Or, stop in at Brandville during open hours (currently the fist and third Thursdays of the month from 10 am to 2 pm) and pick up an application. Join in the excitement!











































Membership and Renewal Application

We invite you to join us by becoming a member of the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society. Members receive a subscription to our newsletter, notices of special events, tours and an opportunity to help with our projects. Membership is tax deductible under I.R.S. regulations. We thank you for your support.

Name __________________________________________________________        Date ________

Address ________________________________________________________                

City ___________________ State _______________    Zip _______________

Phone _________________ Email ___________________________________

Individual Member Fee       $15 ________                              

Family Membership             $30 ________

Contributing Member  
Bronze                                     $50 ________ 
Silver                                      $100 ________ 
Gold                                        $150 ________                        

Professional Membership  $200 _______ with display certificate and acknowledgement in newsletters

Checks payable to OJHS and mail to:

Membership Chairman, OJHS

Oregon, Ohio   

New ______     Renewal _____                Check # __________                                                        MCM________

                                                                                                                                                                                    (For office use)


Thinking of ways to get involved? Here are some areas where we could use you! Check your items of interest and we will contact you with details.

_____ Simple cleaning such as dusting and vacuuming

_____ Maintenance in the yard and flower beds

_____ Welcome visitors on Thursday open house hours from 10 AM – 2PM

_____ Become a Docent

_____ Serving or preparing food for the spring and fall teas

_____ Helping with the membership letter by stuffing envelopes

_____ Assisting Museum Chair Person and Curator with displays

_____ Preparing snacks for the general meetings

_____ Offering suggestions for speakers or programs for the general meetings

_____ Helping with the activities at the “Living History Camp” held in June

_____ Submit family stories/photos of local history for our newsletter and museum collections

_____ Other recommendations: ____________________________________________________
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